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What Are Industrial Paint Robots for the Automotive Industry?

By OTC Insights Team on December 9, 2022

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The use of industrial paint robots for the automotive industry is not a new concept, as these robots have been used within the automotive painting sector for many years.  

However, as technology has evolved, these industrial paint robots have become more advanced, more capable, and more beneficial to automotive finishing.  

The Benefits of Industrial Paint Robots 

Companies today are relying on industrial paint and finishing robots to reduce labor requirements in the finishing department. More support from automation and robots means fewer workers are tasked with finishing processes and can be moved to higher-priority work. 

In addition, paint robots mean more uptime in finishing. Robots don’t need to take breaks or turn over shifts. The repetitive, exacting, and precise work is better suited to automation, which means more consistent results and fewer errors.   

While automation isn’t yet possible in every stage of manufacturing, it is well suited to finishing and provides a wealth of benefits for manufacturers. 

The Cost of Industrial Paint Robots 

Making the decision to invest in industrial robots is not one that should be taken lightly, as these robots for automotive finishing are costly. There is no denying the initial cost of both expertise and investment in hardware can be daunting for many companies.  

Robots and automation can be expensive, especially when it is done right with high-quality equipment. In addition, specialized expertise is necessary for the planning, purchasing, and implementation of the automated system. Industrial paint robots aren’t something you can log into eBay to purchase and expect immediate results.  

You need to understand your needs and requirements. Identify the right automation solution. You need to plan and design the floor space and integrate it into your existing processes. Technical expertise is needed to install the system, and coding is necessary to set up and execute work.  

Working with the Right Industrial Paint Robot Partner 

Because of the initial expense of industrial automation systems, many companies will look for opportunities to save in other places, like purchasing a lower-cost system or bidding out the installation work to a cut-rate service company. 

The cost of taking those steps will be much higher in the long run. The cost in efficiency and optimized work because of mistakes made early in the process will accumulate and leave problems that will be even more expensive to correct. Bad automation habits and poorly installed systems will hurt with every order. Repair and maintenance costs could even wipe out any ROI or profit that you see from the automation. 

Take time to investigate and find the right automation partner. Look at suppliers, rather than manufacturers, who can work with you to find the best solution and not just the solution they are selling right now.  

Expertise in selecting, installing, servicing, and maintaining the system is just as important, if not more so, as purchasing it. Look for suppliers or service companies that also offer consultation, service, and repair. This will ensure a more complete, sustainable solution for you and your business. They can offer the training that your employees will need, which is critical in this time of rapidly changing technology and systems. 

Plus, as your business grows and your needs change, they can provide the additional, flexible support you need in adjusting work processes and systems.  

Purchase Robots for Automotive Finishing from OTC Industrial Technologies

The Finishing team at OTC Industrial Technologies is a leader in the industry, with the deepest bench of resources across the country and market connections to ensure you have access to the best products and equipment. 

Not only can they supply basic products like filters and spray guns, but they have a robotics and automation division that delivers the expertise you need in those areas. They offer truly end-to-end, turnkey automation and industrial paint robot solutions for manufacturers. 

Contact OTC today and set up a no-obligation consultation to discuss your needs, goals, and requirements for finishing automation.